Meet Dawn DeStefani, ActivCare at Mission Bay's passionate and kindhearted Executive Director. Dawn is a Mission Bay native and feels a special calling to her job as she serves the people she grew up with and always known. Her strong roots in Mission Bay make her job more than just a job. She is passionate about Alzheimer's advocacy and education, desiring to tell all those affected by the disease that there is hope for a better quality of life.
Growing up in San Diego has made her experience at ActivCare at Mission Bay all the more meaningful. Although she went to the rival high school of Mission Bay, Clairemont, she still feels a strong pride for the very neighborhood ActivCare at Mission Bay is located in. The most amazing adventure Dawn has ever gone on was a solo backpacking trip to Fiji and Australia right after her college graduation. Dawn says "I still carry the knowledge and joy I gained from that trip with me today." If Dawn didn't have to sleep, she would spend the extra time making memories with her kids. Whether it be playing board games or going to the park, Dawn would take all the extra time she could get and spend it with her family.
Dawn's greatest inspiration is her residents. The daily joy on their faces fuels her to continue educating and advocating on behalf of those with Alzheimer's. Families have told Dawn that their experience at ActivCare at Mission Bay has quite literally "saved their lives". To Dawn, its more than assisted living, it's a level of care that can give those with memory loss purpose to every day and enrichment into their lives. For Dawn, ActivCare at Mission Bay is her family, and she works as if so.
Thank you Dawn for your passion and desire to make every day meaningful, your efforts never go unnoticed. Say hello to Dawn on your next visit to ActivCare at Mission Bay!